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Bicycle and Pedestrian Planing in Southern Georgia

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The SGRC has worked in 18 counties to implement national award winning regional bicycle and pedestrian transportation strategies, including senior center walking maps, senior resource maps, trail assessments, complete streets best practice guide and policies to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Planing in Southern Georgia

  1. 1. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Implementing Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning in Southern Georgia Corey Hull, AICP Transportation Planner Ariel Godwin, AICP Senior Planner
  2. 2. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO SGRC Region VLMPO • 18 Counties • 406,000 People • Population is 51% rural • Land area is 98% rural • 13% of total state area
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  8. 8. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO VISION: To develop safe and healthy transportation alternatives and a connected transportation network that promotes community pride and enhances local marketability.
  9. 9. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Policies 1. Raise awareness 2. Encourage inventories 3. Encourage master plans 4. Connect activity centers 5. Integrated active transportation system 6. Identify funding sources 7. Connect facilities for health and economy 8. Ongoing maintenance 9. Connect existing facilities 10. Assessments, cost-benefit analysis 11. Bike racks in zoning codes 12. Bike racks on buses
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  12. 12. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 1. Distribute Educational Materials
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  14. 14. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 2. Form local partnerships Potential organizations: • 4-H • Boys and Girls Club • Boy/Girl Scouts • Bike advocacy groups and cycling clubs • Student organizations • Rotary/Lions/similar • Environmental groups • Runners’ clubs • Schools • Downtown redevelopment organizations etc.
  15. 15. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 3. Distribute Data • 2010-14: 206 pedestrian crashes, 140 bike crashes, 15 pedestrian fatalities, 2 bike fatalities • 14,816 miles of roads • 357 miles of bike routes 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 2005-2009 2010-2014 Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Bike/Pedestrian Southern Georgia, 2005-2014 Bicycle crashes Pedestrian crashes
  16. 16. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 4. Assist with local efforts • Assessment of connectivity for an existing 2.3-mile rail trail • Best Practices recommendations for a community that does not yet have a greenway • Analysis of trail to become a US Bike Route, included video tour on YouTube
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  18. 18. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 5. Encourage and assist with local plans
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  20. 20. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 6. Assist local governments with projects/strategies/funding
  21. 21. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 7. Model Regulations
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  23. 23. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 8. Connectivity List
  24. 24. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 9. ROW Acquisition Photo: Michael Rivera
  25. 25. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 10. Bike Racks on Buses
  26. 26. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 11. Evaluate High Crash Corridors
  27. 27. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 12.Traffic Calming
  28. 28. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 13. Build Infrastructure
  29. 29. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 14. HealthAssessments
  30. 30. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO 2040TransportationVision Plan
  31. 31. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Complete Streets Strategy
  32. 32. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Active, Healthy Lifestyles Strategy
  33. 33. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Conclusion
  34. 34. Valdosta-Lowndes MPO Questions? Corey Hull, AICP Transportation Planner Valdosta-Lowndes MPO chull@sgrc.us Ariel Godwin, AICP Senior Planner Southern Georgia Regional Commission agodwin@sgrc.us www.sgrc.us

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